Unemployment benefits are critical to the millions who are unable to find work during the #Coronavirus pandemic. The latest stimulus bill provides replenishment to pandemic unemployment programs that lawmakers hope will ease the transition back to employment for American workers.
Previously set to disburse an additional $300 per week to qualified claimants, the amount included could also be boosted to provide $400 per week to claimants if the newest stimulus bill is fully passed.
Also set to expire on March 14th, PEUC benefits would now be made available to those who qualify through August 29th.
PEUC, a benefit that provides an additional coverage window of unemployment benefits for claimants who have exhausted their state unemployment benefits, would also be boosted to provide 48 weeks of unemployment, doubled from the previous 24-week window.
For those who wouldn’t normally qualify for unemployment benefits, like the self employed and gig workers, PUA benefits would also be extended through the end of August.
The newest stimulus package has also proposed an extension to PUA which would make the benefit available to claimants for 74 weeks instead of the previous 50 weeks.
Many who have attempted to claim unemployment benefits have run into issues, whether it be issues with filing, receiving payments, or overcrowded unemployment help-lines.
The newest stimulus bill will be allocating funds to the Department of Labor to try and solve these problems so claimants can get their benefits with reduced waiting times and hassle.
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